Sunday, February 28, 2010

Not paper, but I pondered...

We have been on the road for three weeks - and spent the last few days in Melbourne where we got to see this exhibition by Ron Mueck at the NGV. It was so worthwhile to experience art on this scale and of this nature. I was surprised by how accessible it was for just about anybody - they could easily relate and react to it.

His work is so lifelike and realistic in its execution; yet often so out of scale as to cause you to step back and reflect. He works with polyester resin, fibreglass, silicone, horse hair, cotton and so on to create these human forms. The obvious reflections are about how ageing can make people appear less important, obvious or active; and how after life has left a body it appears diminished and shrunken. The oversized baby and woman in bed create uncertainty as we observe intimate moments writ large; as does the naked man in the boat - so vulnerable as he tries to see what lies ahead.

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